Ceramic Cat Sculpture Green Tarnish Verdigris Patina

From Scary to Handsome: a ceramic cat gets a make over.

The cat before a little scary

The cat before a little scary

This is my first sculpture that I made over. When I saw him at the thrift shop he was scary with a capital S. He was Halloween all the way but he had a nice shape. I knew he would look amazing with a little bronze and a little aged green patina.

Because he is ceramic with a very shiny finish I first painted him with primer that was a little gritty to give the paint something to stick too , then the modern masters acid blocking primer. I love the acid blocker primer because it is chocolate colored so for an hour or two I imagine having a solid milk chocolate

lion Paw with the chocolate colored primer

lion Paw with the chocolate colored primer

cat or lion paw.  I don’t have any pictures of these steps. I do my painting outside it was starting to rain; I brought my cat inside with the intention to take pictures of his chocolate primer phase the next day. I so excited to work on him as soon I was he was dry I painted him with the bronze paint. Oh well, here  is a picture of my lion paw in it’s chocolate phase. You get the idea.

Cat with bronze and copper paint

Cat with bronze and copper paint

Then the bronze paint, then copper paint for accents, then the aging patina. The sprayer  stopped working mid spray so I was worried how he would come out. He spray doesn’t work right away so I had to wait 15 – 20 agonizing minutes to see how he would turn out I think he is awesome and gorgeous. I love him. From scary to classy for sure. What do you think? Check him out in my shop.

Cat with his green Verdigris Patina

Cat with his green Verdigris Patina. What a handsome fellow. Check him out in my shop.

Give Away: Modern Masters paint giveaway

Well I sort of fell in love with the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit. Would you like some? Good because Modern Masters

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Some of my new line Metal Treasures. using Modern Masters Metal Effects

is giving some away. In fact These amazing products have led me to create a whole new product line called Metal Treasures, stay tuned for all that. Metal Treasures is  high-end line of decorative products made with the Metal effects kit. Check out my original review and tutorial here!

I have been busy all week using this kit and I was finally give these ceramic bowl the beautiful finish they deserve. Any you know I HAD to give one of my mason jar a go. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

Mason Jar with Modern Masters Metal Effects

Mason Jar with Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper paint and green patina

Ok now on to the give away. You can win your choice of a Quart or (4) 6oz containers from their Metallic Paint collection  or the products from thier Metal Effects kit. Go check out the Modern Masters Metallic Paint collection and or the Metal Effects kit come back here and comment letting me know what you would do with all that fabulous paint, YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE GIVEAWAY LINK AFTER YOU HAVE COMMENTED TO ENTER. click on “I commented” in the give away box and you are entered. But don’t stop there you can earn a ton of bonus entires. So keep clicking and enter everyday! I would :)  Good Luck! Until next time, I mean until tomorrow …Melissa

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Review of Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

Review – Tutorial of Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

I am very Lucky that I have been asked to review Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit. First let me tell you a story. This is actually a true story. I had this Cherub wall hanging I bought I always wanted to do something with. It hung out in my house for yearsunchanged and kidda creepy with its doll like eyes I’m surprised my son didn’t complain. I actually had it in my car to donate but I was determined to do

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

The finished results, just gorgeous. Talk about Shabby Chic!

something with that Cherub. I always though it looked like an Antique Architectural detail that came out of a great house. I wanted it to look like a metal piece that hand been outside and reproduce a beautiful aged bronze patina with paint.

I could do that I am a painter, I have a degree and everything, really I do (I don’t think that maters here), but anyway.

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I look this picture as reference to recreate the look of a patinated bronze statue long before I heard of Modern Masters. They just appeared to make my life easier

So I grabbed that Cherub and some textured pictured frames and started my project. I had green paint, copper paint and a dark glaze. I was highly confident and had an epic fail, Nooooo. If pepto bismo was green that’s what I had, a flavor of neon green. I was trying to convince myself it was ok but I wasn’t feeling it, I wanted to be dazzled. I left my project for a few days to think on it. I knew I would have to redo it. A few days later I was contacted by Modern Masters to review some items from their line one of the options was the Metal Effects Kit. Did they know I had green Pepto Bismo on my hands? Were they coming to save me? They had me at Green Patina Aging Solution, really they did.

Everyone who knows me knows I go ga ga for paint and this is uber paint so I’m uber ga ga. Its a simple three part process: the primer which looks like liquid chocolate which is always good, the reactive paint in cooper or bronze. The paint in metallic, what I love, especially in the bronze, is getting the sheen of metal. The paint is  called reactive paint because  it reacts with the final solution to create your beautiful patina. And then there is the  Patina Aging Solution which you can get in green and blue this solution is the magic. Before you spray it the paint just looks like lovely bronze and copper after you spray it a chemical reaction happen to produce the wonderful green patination.  They are also water based paints. I LOVE that, Yeah easy clean up!  Checkout  the Modern masters Website to oogle all the gorgeous combinations. They also have great metallic paints so great for stenciling one of my great loves. But let me focus.

It was a surprisingly easy process.

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

Here is where I started with my neon green

So I grabbed my Neon green pieces and started to work. I applied two coats of the very chocolately looking primer. I just wanted to bite right into that Cherub. The instructions says the primer dries in about half an hour I found it dries almost immediately which was great. I was lucky enough to have both copper and the bronze reactive paint. I have to have my deep bronze color and my metallic cooper highlights. I dab on my bronze paint highlight with copper quickly as the paint has to be wet to react with the aging solution. I then and generously spritz with the Green Patina Aging Solution.

Then I watch the paint transform before my eyes soooo cool. Here come the patina gorgeous deep and green.  I noticed the cooper turns much greener than the bronze,  when it reacts with the solution creating a some really beautiful effects. So keep them in mind when chosing your color.

My neighbor

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Cherub with primer. Looks like a chocolate Cherub don’t you think

came wandering by so see what I was doing, as she does sometimes. She asked what material I was working with (its wood and plaster) because it looked like metal. Yes!!!! exactly what I was looking for. I have a gorgeous outcome.

I do have to say you have to be easy going about the process because the aging solution reacts in unique patterns. I all my pieces at the same time they have unique patinas, all beautiful.

I really couldn’t believe for the effect created that it was so easy and I barely used any paint.

I’m in love! if I wasn’t having dinner with a friend I would have keep painting.

If you need a little pizzazz in some project grab these project and give them a whirl. You can purchase them online from Modern Masters and pick them up at a local store.

odern Masters Painting Kit

odern Masters Painting Kit

Nothing is safe in my house I’ll keep painting more tutorials and updates to come.  I can’t wait to try on my mason jars you know I will. Make sure you subscribe so you wont miss any of this fun stuff.

Would you like to have some fabulous paint yourself? Hint, hint I have a give away coming up stay tuned. Until next time …Melissa

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

The Chrub transformed and looking just like he should, like an Antique weathered treasure

Modern Masters Metal Effects kit

The Beauty is in the details

Is facebook still relevant?

Is Facebook still relevant for your business? For my business is not really. The truth is Facebook was never really relevant for my business. By the time I put my professional presence on the web Facebook was basically over. They ha already stared to limit the post people see in an effort to ENCOURAGE people to pay to boost post.  Barely any of my post were shared or commented on. Now I don’t want to act like I don’t care. I was sooooo  disappointed.


My Facebook account

My Facebook account


it is possible that my friends and fans just din’t care what I was doing or didn’t care to  share or comment. At the same time I was struggling to get noticed on facebook My Pintrest , Hometalk and Twitter accounts were taking off. So I just focused on those accounts to promote my store and projects. my hometalk account was the star of the bunch. It’s small focused community, enthusiastically clicked and commented on my projects and blog posts. I always and continue to post to facebook but don’t get the interaction and interest I get from the other sites

It’s simply easier on Pintrest, Twitter and Hometalk to find other people who share your interested and connect.


So as it gets harder and harder to reach fans and friends on Facebook I shrug. I have a personal Facebook account and one for my business. It’s fun but for me nothing more than that.

What has been your Facebook experience.

How to make a beat up coffee table into a Beauty

How to turn a beat up table into an Elegant Beauty

How to turn a beat up table into an Elegant Beauty

How to make a beat up coffee table into an Elegant Beauty. My neighbors were moving and this coffee table was one of the last things left in their house. They were generous enough to offer me several things they weren’t  taking. I walked right by this table thinking it looked too rough. They threw it into the trash and when I saw it there I thought well I should try to do something with it.

So I gave it a fresh coat of paint and pulled out my Cutting Edge  Stencils Damask Stencil.  A Damask Stencil is not just for walls. I won this stencil so sign up fot their blog and when you see they are having a contest enter, enter.I used a metallic gold-ish/ copper paint. I also used the paint to line the edges and details on the table. I think that is an elegant touch. It didn’t take that long and I think it came out great. What do you think? -Melissa

Check out my other stencil projects:

The Finished Table

The Finished Table

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

The Round Blue Table


Available in my Etsy Shop

Well I did it I finally refinished a piece of furniture without stenciling it. It was really hard, my stencils were right there. I really wanted to grab them but I didn’t. It wasn’t the project for that. I actually saw this table at a garage sale and left it there because I had no idea what to do with it, read more about that here.  I saw a very similar table on Pintrest with a fantastic paint job. With  that inspiration fresh in my mind I went back to grab that table.

I knew I wanted to do it blue. I just scored a fantastic blue for free from an  Ace hardware at a promotion for a free quart of paint. It’s by Clark and Kensington,

The $10 table. How awesome. This is how it started out

The $10 table. How awesome. This is how it started out

a great paint line, nice coverage and great colors just how I like it. I’ll have to add that to my paint recommendations. I made my

own chalk paint by adding tablespoon of unsanded grout to each 8oz of paint. Start with a little water and dissolve your grout  first that is so you don’t end up with lumps. I like lumpy mashed potatoes but not lumpy paint. I went with  chalk paint because of its reputation of sticking to everything and anything the table has a leather panel and I wanted to be sure the paint would stick to and cover it. The paint job came out beautifully  I’m  so impressed I might use chalk paint all the time.

I added some gold metallic paint to to highlight the details of the table. I used acrylic paint because I’m a painter and that’s what I had on hand. I can’t wait to try GedeO Gilding Wax or some Rub and Buff.  I’m pretty proud of myself, this table was completely out of my element. Look ma’ no stencils. Till next time.207222Melissa